has announced plans to release his seventh studio album, The Rebirth of Venus, on Feb. 10. He is dedicating the album to Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, because he realizes that "the strongest feminine qualities such as compassion, nurturing, creativity, spontaneity, intuition, playfulness, tenderness and warmth...are qualities that we all, men and women, need to cultivate."
The Rebirth of Venus tracklisting:
1. What's So Bad (About Feeling Good)
4. I Love Pop Music
5. Rise Up
6. Yoko Ono
7. Boy With A Barbie
8. Bad Poetry
9. Blue Denim
10. Wake Up To America
11. I'm A Woman Too
12. Families Cheating At Board Games
13. Song For The Divine Mother of the Universe
Part of the proceeds from the record will be donated to FINCA's Village Banking program. A press release spills the beans on FINCA, namely that it "offers financial services, not charity, to the world's lowest-income women entrepreneurs. This creates jobs, builds assets and generally improves the standard of living in these destitute communities."
The new disc will feature contributions from fellow artists Missy Higgins, Nic Johns, Cary Brothers, Patience Hodgson, John Alagia (Ripe producer), Lara Meyerratken and his future stepdaughter (on pots, pans and backing vocals). The cover art is a recreation of Botticelli's Birth of Venuswith Ben in the clamshell with his fiancé Ione Skye. The two are surrounded by his band mates, done up as angels.
Lee is known for wearing his songwriting heart on his sleeve (in fact, we once said, "...Lee has become a writer so adept at communicating his personality through song, that it's easy to feel like you know him after just a few listens") and Venus is sure to be no different. In a statement about the disc's message, Lee said, "until we recognize that we are all made up of the same stuff, we are bound to keep hurting each other."
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